Please do your homework
There is a great deal of media focus on the easy accessibility of cosmetic surgery. We strongly recommend that you only consider having your surgery performed by a fully trained and registered specialist surgeon, as you would for any other complex surgical procedure such as a knee reconstruction or a heart operation. Real surgical specialists in Australia are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, or FRACS. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is the only body recognised to train specialist surgeons in Australia, of all types. There are no other accredited specialist surgical training bodies.
Only specialists who have completed the training through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons may call themselves a Plastic Surgeon. On the other hand, any doctor can call themselves a Cosmetic Surgeon. And whilst many of these non-specialists have lots of impressive sounding letters after their names, most or all of these letters are meaningless and aimed to confuse patients. There is no substitute for the long, intensive training period required to become a specialist surgeon, and there are no short cuts.
Training to be a Plastic Surgeon takes eight years, this is after the doctor has graduated from medical school. Training includes academic learning, multiple exams, and supervised operating at accredited hospital positions in thousands of operations.
So if you are considering a cosmetic surgery procedure, it is wise to ensure that the prospective surgeon is a fully qualified Plastic Surgeon with FRACS (Plast) after their name and a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.